Passage Hervieu: Street Art in Cherbourg

I really liked the murals on this small apartment building, just a half block south of my hotel on Rue De La Marine in Cherbourg.

As out of place as this marginally tropical upbeat dystopian scene seemed to be from the real Cherbourg, the motif really fit nicely. Like a Sancerre with Normande oysters. More on that another time. Enjoy!

Shot on 11 and 14 April 2012.

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  1. Nancie M says

    I can feel the energy! The first one is my favorite.

    1. BobR says

      Mostly young people from what I could gather.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Mary @ The World Is A Book says

    Pretty cool and creative. It’s so interesting and would love to know what some of those mean. I guess their visitors will never get lost finding this apartment.

  3. travelnwrite says

    Fantastic series of photos. The close ups really bring it to life.

  4. Lisa says

    Stunning artwork – and not what I would expect to stumble across in France.

    1. BobR says

      I’m curious – Why not?

  5. Leigh says

    Someone has some real talent. The second photo makes me wonder who lives behind the door.

  6. Cathy Sweeney says

    You’re right – I wouldn’t expect to see that in Cherbourg, but it does seem to fit. It’s very well done, actually. I like it.

  7. Country Skipper says

    Wow! Most of them have a little bit of an aggressive vibe I think. Would you agree? Is that maybe part of the city?

  8. Dick Jordan (@talestold) says

    Very cool images! You’ll find this kind of “street art” in many cities today, including San Francisco, near my home.

  9. Christie says

    Amazing! If I lived in a detached or semi-detached house I’d certainly hire a street artist to freshen up my place. I wonder how these paintings conform with Cherbourg bylaw. Unfortunately, I would have to visit Toronto city council because creating street art in Toronto still requires special permits, even if the owner of the wall approves of the painting.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks for the Toronto link, and that’s a good question. My guess is that some sort of bylaws must exist. I spent almost three days in and around Cherbourg and didn’t too much street art. Certainly no other buildings like this.


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